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“What Do Women’s Colleges and Religious Schools Have in Common?”

“What Do Women’s Colleges and Religious Schools Have in Common?” by Shay O’Reilly is features our transgender policy here at Hollins. The article is from Campus Progress.  In their own words, they are a national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges.

The unflattering article states:

Virginia’s Hollins University has one of the more extreme policies, requiring the expulsion of trans men who begin transition either through taking hormones, having surgery, or undergoing a legal name change related to a female-to-male transition. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last month that the policy has drawn scrutiny from, according to the university, “students and others.” While no-one has been forced out under the policy, several students have cited it in their decision to transfer.

Hollins is an unusual case, as many trans men find women’s colleges welcoming when they come out.

How does this policy represent Hollins? 


Our Wikipedia Page

Like almost every college, Hollins has an extensive wikipedia page that covers everything from academics to notable alumni. As a product of the social media phenomenon, a Wikipedia page is the result of anonymous and countless contributions. Each page is a mix of details that individuals deemed worthy to mention.

Noted right along side our student body statistics, is mention of our transgender policy.

What message do you think this sends to prospective students? Or potential employers researching your alma mater?

How does this policy represent you?

The Chronicle Article

Hollins received national attention for its transgender policy in October when Don Troop from The Chronicle of Higher Education wrote the article “Womens University to Reconsider Hard Line on Transgender Students.”

Troop wrote, “Scholars and student-affairs officials agree that the Hollins policy is the strictest one they have seen at an American college. It just seems so unnecessarily punitive,” said Erin E. Buzuvis, a professor at the Western New England University School of Law who has written about transgender policy.”

What does our transgender policy say about Hollins? Does it reflect your values and beliefs?